Virginia scores well in regional workforce development ranking
Virginia ranks at the top of its region in a recent examination of workforce development throughout the U.S.
Site Selection magazine named the commonwealth No. 1 for the eight-state Atlantic region in its 2018 Regional Workforce Development Rankings.
The Old Dominion was followed in the regional ranking by: Maryland, second; Georgia, third; North Carolina, fourth; Florida, fifth; Delaware, sixth; South Carolina, seventh; and West Virginia, eighth.
The magazine ranked the states in seven regions using five criteria:
The workforce and education sub-ranking used by CNBC in its America’s Top States for Business 2017;
The labor supply sub-rankings for Forbes’ Best States for Business 2017;
U.S. News’ rankings for its 2017 Best States for Education;
ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) rankings;
And average number of workforce development enactments passed in 2015 and 2016.
The magazine said the CNBC and Forbes sub-rankings were weighted more heavily than other criteria because of their “robustness and breadth.” The other categories were weighted equally. The top states in other regions were:
Northeast (nine states): Massachusetts
East North Central (five states): Illinois
West North Central (seven states): Iowa
South Central (eight states): Texas
Pacific (five states): Washington
Mountain (eight states): Colorado
Among other Virginia neighbors, Tennessee ranked second and Kentucky was sixth among South Central states.